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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Special Food Services


Overview of the U.S. Special Food Services Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Special Food Services: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)


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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis



Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Special Food Services industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

Beer, Ale, & Malt Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption

All Other Merchandise

Souvenirs & Novelty Items

Meals, Unpackaged Snacks, Sandwiches, Unpackaged Ice Cream & Yogurt, Bakery Items, Other Food Items & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared

Meals & Snacks Served By A Server (I.E., Full Service)

Meals & Snacks Dispensed W/O Table Service For Consumption On Premises

Meals & Snacks Prepared For Immediate Consumption Off The Premises

Meals & Snacks Dispensed Via Mobile Vending Service

Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared Under Long-Term Contract

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared Under Long-Term Contract For Tansportation Businesses

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared Under Long-Term Contract Other Than For Transportation Businesses

Alcoholic Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption Under Long-Term Contract

Meals, Snacks, & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Served At Catered Events On The Caterer's Premises

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Served At Catered Events Away From The Caterer's Premises

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event

Meals, Snacks & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared For Customer Pick-Up

Alcoholic Beverages Prepared For Catered Events

Employment Services, Including Temporary Cooks, Bartenders, & Waitstaff

Delivery Services For Food & Beverages

Rental Of Non-Residential Space

Other Services



U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Special Food Services by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Repairs
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Depletion
Domestic production activities deduction
Advertising
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Depreciation
Amortization
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
 
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics




Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Special Food Services company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Special Food Services industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Special Food Services measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.


Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.


Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.



Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 81%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8%
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 8%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 6%
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers 22%
Cooks 13%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 8%
Food Preparation Workers 9%
Food Preparation Workers 9%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 42%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 25%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19%
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 5%
Waiters and Waitresses 10%
Waiters and Waitresses 10%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 5%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 5%
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers 9%
Sales and Related Occupations 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Special Food Services Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Innovation News

  • Heirloom - LA trademarks "LASAGNA CUPCAKE" - Individual-sized portions of pasta or noodle-based wrappers with fillings consisting primarily of meats, vegetables, sauce, and cheeses; Appetizers and hors d'oeuvres consisting of pasta or noodle-based wrappers with fillings consisting primarily of meats, vegetables, sauce, and cheeses; Frozen entrees consisting primarily of pasta - 01/07/2018
  • Santa Monica Seafood trademarks "EMERALD SEAS" - FRESH SEAFOOD, NOT LIVE AND FROZEN SEAFOOD - 01/05/2018
  • Food For All trademarks "MARKA HIPON" - Seafood - 01/05/2018
  • Bhakti raises $5 million in funding. - 09/06/2017
  • Chef D raises $18 million in funding. - 08/08/2017
  • Sun Basket raises $15 million in funding. - 05/12/2017
  • Mina Group patents Recipe Exchange And Management System - 05/05/2016
  • Deli Star patents Packaging Machine For Vacuum Skin Packaging - 12/10/2015
  • Advanced Food Systems patents Textured Vegetable Protein As A Meat Substitute And Method And Composition For Making Same - 09/18/2014




  • Top Innovators

    32129
    CompanyInnovation Score
    Applied Food Sciences32
    Symform12
    Amish Naturals9
    Aramark Services
    Compass Group Usa

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

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    • Head Start links families to food help - Officials with an early childhood care and pre-kindergarten program in Anniston started a new service Wednesday they say will help ... Amy Turner Minish is the northeastern director for Alabama Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants ... (01/10/2018)
    • MLK Day of Service will include mobile food pantry this year - A special addition to the Day of Service includes the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. This new service project includes MLK Day volunteers who will be on hand at Central from 9:30 am to 11:30 a.m. to distribute ... (01/10/2018)
    • LCQ14: Primary healthcare services - Following is a question by the Hon Tommy Cheung and a written reply by the Secretary for Food and Health ... for elderly and rehabilitation services) and the education sector (including programmes for special education services) have also been taken ... (01/10/2018)
    • Special Request: Wings at the Rack House are baked in bacon fat before frying - Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture. To request a recipe Would you like to request a ... (01/09/2018)
    • US to end special protections for Salvadoran immigrants - WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants ... The group says 5,100 of those people have jobs – mostly in construction, hotel and food services and administrative support – and $256.8 million ... (01/09/2018)
    • Scottsdale’s special events season revs up in January - Scottsdale’s free trolley service is a convenient way to travel to events and activities. Several trolley routes work together to connect special event locations ... There will be entertainment, food and inflatables. More information: Tempe.gov and ... (01/08/2018)
    • UTRGV Engagement Zone ties special volunteer activity to MLK Day of Service - The event will be festive as well as informative, with free food, fun and conversations about how students can give back to their communities. The event coincides with the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Taking place on the third Monday in January ... (01/08/2018)
    • Lawmakers propose pet food tax to help spay, neuter pets - SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a special tax on pet food to raise money for spaying and neutering ... He estimates the fund could pay for services for some 8,000 to 10,000 pets annually. "This is a needed tool to combat ... (01/07/2018)
    • Lawmakers propose pet food to help spay, neuter pets - SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a special tax on pet food to raise money for spay and neutering ... He estimates the fund could pay for services for some 8,000 to 10,000 pets annually. (01/07/2018)


    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $998,325,373 on Special Food Services. It has awarded 5,446 contracts to 854 companies, with an average value of $1,168,999 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount



    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Special Food Services to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Special Food ServicesOpportunity/Threat
    Caterers Competing industry
    Hotels & Motels Competing industry
    Limited-Service Eating Places Competing industry
    Food Service Contractors Competing industry
    Casino Hotels Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events are less than those from Special Food Services. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Meals, Snacks & Beverages Prepared For Catered Events Product Sales Report



    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Special Food ServicesOpportunity/Threat
    Caterers Competing industry
    Food Service Contractors Competing industry
    Limited-Service Eating Places Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises are less than those from Special Food Services. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Customer's Premises Product Sales Report



    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Caterer's Premises
    Meals & Beverages Served At Events On Caterer's Premises Product Sales Report

    Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption
    Alcoholic Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption
    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Beer, Ale & Malt Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption
    Beer, Ale & Malt Beverages Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Meals & Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event
    Meals & Beverages Dropped Off At The Customer's Event Product Sales Report

    Distilled Spirits Served For Immediate Consumption
    Distilled Spirits Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Wine And Wine Drinks Served For Immediate Consumption
    Wine And Wine Drinks Served For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Meals & Snacks Served At A Table By A Server
    Meals & Snacks Served At A Table By A Server Product Sales Report